Nikon D3S In-depth review
Studio scene comparison (higher sensitivities)
|Canon EOS-1D Mark IV|
We can see that the D3S delivers cleaner, less gritty images at all high ISO settings than the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV. From direct observation of the images it also offers at least a one stop advantage in image quality over the D3 at all ISO settings above ISO 6400. However, at ISO 3200 and 6400 the difference between the output of the three larger-format cameras is relatively trivial. Only at ISO 12,800 and above does the benefit of the larger photodiodes on the D3S's sensor really become clear.
Although the D3 and D3S have a lower pixel count than the EOS-1D Mark IV, the Canon isn't able to resolve significantly more detail beyond ISO 6400. At ISO 25,600 the D3 is the weakest of the three cameras (although not by much, and high contrast detail is still quite well resolved). The D3S is noticeably better than the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV at this setting, and images show less noise and greater detail.
The gap gets even wider at ISO 51,200, where the Canon's files are very mushy in comparison with the D3S, and it is clear that ISO 102,400 is simply a step too far for the 1D Mark IV's sensor. At this setting the 1D Mark IV cannot deliver any meaningful information at a pixel level. The D3S, on the other hand, is still going (relatively) strong, still capable of recording colors more or less accurately, and still resolving medium and high contrast detail.
- 18 Photographic tests (Noise)
- 19 Photographic tests (DR)
- 20 Photographic tests (DR)
- 21 Photographic tests
- 22 Movie Mode
- 23 Compared to
- 24 Compared to (JPEG)
- 25 Compared to (JPEG)
- 26 Compared to (JPEG)
- 27 Compared to (RAW)
- 28 Compared to (RAW)
- 29 Compared to (RAW)
- 30 Compared to (Higher ISO)
- 31 Compared to (Resolution)
- 32 Compared to (Resolution)
- 33 Conclusion
- 34 Samples
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